Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!

Yes, did you know this? Not only superb wines , lovely landscapes , art & architecture but also a real sweet valley made of maitres  chocolatiers! In Pistoia, Prato, Firenze and Pisa we can offer a huge choice of this delicious product: the best ingredients, the most original mix of dried fruits, spirits , wine … More Chocolate valley : in Tuscany we have this too!

MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

How many delicious products we make in Pistoia? So many!!👏👏👏this is another kind,  similar to Cialde from Montecatini with an anisette scent . It’s an old tale that a nun named Brigida created them by mistake while she was supposed to make host  for the Church , from her they took their name. They are … More MadeinPistoia : brigidini ~ crunchy & thin as autumnal leaves🍂🍁🍂

Pan coi Santi  : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?

Every period of the year has its own typical food products & this is another one of these : called Pane dei Santi because in the past  it was produced at home of by bakers during the end of October , beginning of November ( at that time Halloween wasn’t yet arrived in Italy )to … More Pan coi Santi  : All Saints sweet bread from Siena , ever tried?

Foodlovers : ever tried a giant mortadella?if not ,you should !

This morning I smelt a great aroma while I was walking in the supermarket, I turned and what I saw? This big big mortadella !!! it was taller than me!! 😂😂😂 The Giant mortadella Veroni since 1925 in Correggio Emilia www.veroni.it more than 2000 kg 👏👏🔝🔝🔝 Couldn’t resit and buy a piece: eaten in 10 minutes with … More Foodlovers : ever tried a giant mortadella?if not ,you should !

Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet

Such a great sensational experience by Agriturismo Le Poggiola just few Km from Pistoia the feeling of freshness,the scent of sweet fruits,lots of memories about those who did this before us in the countryside since centuries….our origins come from the ground and this is our traditional way of making wine:our grangrandparents did this way and … More Harvest in Tuscany : stomping grapes with bare feet

Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!

“A Settembre l’uva è matura e il fico pende” this is an old farmers’ saying = in Septmber grape is mature & fig hangs…this morning I had the proof this is trally true !in Pistoia’s countryside lots of sweet grape & figs ! My breakfast was made of this fantastic & organic fruits👏👏 Many hands … More Pistoia : it’s harvest time ( by hand ) in Tuscany!

Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”

What a special emotion for me watching at the same landscape chosen by Leonardo da Vinci to paint his masterpiece…and this villa is the Monnalisa birthplace too. Feeling as being part of the history , feeling proud – one time again – to be born in this wonderful region filled of beauties & goodies & … More Chianti : Vignamaggio , Monnalisa birthplace & “Much ado about nothing”

Made in Pistoia :  “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia

To celebrate my birthday what a better place than being  my birthtown with a green , fresh  carpet of grass in the city’s heart? For just one day ,until midnight , as in Cindarella’s tale Pistoia was a green island in the so called ‘Sala’ district where is the city’s movida every week end. This … More Made in Pistoia :  “the green & the city ” yes , we can ! just 4 one day in Pistoia

Tuscany : Castenuovo Garfagnana a small hamlet on Lucca’s mountain

Such a nice village with great view over the river & with very fresh air : in summer time is full of tourists & locals from Lucca or from the seaside , Viareggio or Forte dei Marmi. Loved the old doors & the Carrara marble fountain at the hamlet village . Many Italo – American … More Tuscany : Castenuovo Garfagnana a small hamlet on Lucca’s mountain

Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

The word “norcino” comes from a small town , Norcia , in Umbria region  in central /south Italy & means coming from Norcia. Starting from the Middle Age in this area of Italy there were many  norcini  (a sort of  butchers specialized  in pork meat  only : experts of making  sausages ,ham,salami & everything coming … More Pistoia’s flavours :do you know what is a “norcino” shop ?🐷🐽🐖🐷🐽

A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra 

Wonderful view eyes open over this landscape   A perfect silence around us no cars no people just birds the green of the vineyards the olive trees orange old stones for a typical farmhouse hills made of clay… called ‘balze’ Badia San Giusto overlooking the valley an unreal atmosphere but it’s here it’s Tuscany in … More A Tuscan wine tasting in a farmhouse with a view on the ‘balze’ – Volterra 

MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my  tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany

http://www.caffenewyork.it If you are a  coffee lover or simply a coffee addicted you can’t miss this roastery’s experience. Open & run  by the same family since 1930 in Montecatini Terme ( 15 km from Pistoia  ) & now settled in Pistoia , opened  its doors to me & my clients to show us how to … More MadeinPistoia: ever sipped a real Italian espresso in a coffee roastery?in my  tour yes, you can 😉☕️👍 Pistoia, a hidden gem in Tuscany

Made in Tuscany : market on the Tuscan coast ,Lido di Camaiore – Versilia 

Just close the beach a huge display of clothes & home decors items & …bees. & organc honey from the local   mountains ,  Carrara marble comes from here , & lots of sun ☀️☀️ On Monday morning , every week of the year , enjoy!                                               

Made in Pistoia : Rose Barni  – growers (with passion ) – of the best roses ,since 1882 

http://www.rosebarni.it A name , ROSE BARNI ,an historical surname for roses ,it means an historical name for roses in Pistoia since ever! When you can say  to your friends , visiting your garden or simply sipping  a cup of coffee  sitting in your patio full of scented roses : look , this is  a RoseBarni … More Made in Pistoia : Rose Barni  – growers (with passion ) – of the best roses ,since 1882 

Made in Pistoia: the biggest library of Tuscany is here , Biblioteca SanGiorgio

Can you believe? not in Florence or Siena ir Pisa but …..in my small town , Pistoia!!! http://www.sangiorgio.comune.pistoia.it Open in 2007 at the presence of the Nobel ‘s award winner Dario Fo , takes place on the first location where , in 1906, was opened the SANGIORGIO train factory , still in use in another … More Made in Pistoia: the biggest library of Tuscany is here , Biblioteca SanGiorgio

My exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess

Not just wine, not just food , not just Tuscany : here we are in an exclusive location, with a noble  lady , by her family estate with a magnificent Italian garden…simply a dream 😍😍 with something more ….excellent wines , extra virgin oil & a special dessert wine : vin santo! Ginevra is the … More My exclusive Tuscany : lunch & wine tasting with a real Italian Countess

Volterra : do you remember Twilight New Moon ?here it is ,Volturi ‘s sewer cover!

Did you know Stefanie Meyer wrote her bestseller  imaging Volterra before visiting it ? It was in her mind , in her immagination whike she was writing , then she saw a picture of Priori’s square & recognized it as the perfect real setting for her story So probably the beauty of this place was … More Volterra : do you remember Twilight New Moon ?here it is ,Volturi ‘s sewer cover!

Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church

The English writer , John Ruskin ( art critic ,poet ,peinter )  , born in my beloved London in 1918, visited Pistoia in 1845 . He was really impressed by the Church of San Giovanni fuorcivitas ( this Latin word means outside of the city but at the present it is considered THE city heart … More Pistoia ,a hidden gem in Tuscany: John Ruskin loved (& wrote )about this Church

My Tuscany’s tale : wine tasting ,not only Chianti region exists 

Not only Chianti area , not only a red red wine but also  a rosè one…not only Chianti in Tuscany exists! let’s have a look at this enchanting location  the   Pisa area..& yes,  Pisa is not only the leaning tower🍷🍷🍷🍸🍸🍸😂😂😂 This a big estate where you can taste many different kind of wines : … More My Tuscany’s tale : wine tasting ,not only Chianti region exists 

Pistoia : hidden gem’s treasure in Tuscany 

Pistoia city hall , Comunale palace ,An extraordinary open by FAI www.fondoambiente.it a sort of an Italian Heritage Trust that dedicates a springvweek end For special openings & guided Tours Of hidden places usually closed to public. Led by volounteers  of Art students from Pistoia’s high School & from The Architecture University of Florence  , dressed with … More Pistoia : hidden gem’s treasure in Tuscany 

An authentic food experience in an Italian Restaurant with a view

Not only ️great tasty food but also a stunning view over Moneglia’s bay…and a real EXPERIENCE of good   Italian food! Not Just a huge choice of wines from all over Italy but also a friendly staff with Edoardo in The kitchen & Letizia , his wife, following ️our dinner step by step … La … More An authentic food experience in an Italian Restaurant with a view

The fab 4 F :  #Florence – #Ferragamo  – #Food – #Fashion !

Florence at night is shining as a real  gem This is Spini – Feroni ‘s palace in its magnificence🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in Santa Trinita Square. Il Borro tuscan Bistro is on The Arno riverside , same building of Ferragamo’s headquarter  ( Old Beautiful  historical palace Spini -Feroni ) an elegant & typical Tuscan  bistrot can offer you … More The fab 4 F :  #Florence – #Ferragamo  – #Food – #Fashion !

#taste 2015 : Top Quality  food producers in Florence 

Here I am again : Celebrating 10th anniversary  of Taste ,in Florence , Tuscany ! A three day food  & drink fair hosted in The ex  historical train station called  Leopolda (in Honour of his founder grand duke Leopoldo II of Tuscany opened in 1848 ) and now in use  Just for exibitions. ️Many  exibitors … More #taste 2015 : Top Quality  food producers in Florence 

Forte dei Marmi ~ Tuscany~ fab & glam Shopping at The market

Pistoia is located in a stateglical place : about 50 km. From The coast on The beach & about 70 from The mountains Where We can sky.  I ️️was at this market  last Wednsday to Have a ️Look to The market located in The biggest square of The small village on The Tuscan cost. In … More Forte dei Marmi ~ Tuscany~ fab & glam Shopping at The market

MadeinPistoia : ever seen a painting with a scarf?

Monica Bonechi’s solo exibition by http://www.sanroccoagriturismo.it in Pistoia makes paintings with embrodery & Special stitching ispired by music notes …a fantastic world made with coloured Damask designer coming out from The canvas as a scarf , cool!! Beautiful Tuscan Landscape with warm shades & sinuos cypresses . An Interesting exibition in a Lovely setting : … More MadeinPistoia : ever seen a painting with a scarf?